The Jeep Grand Cherokee boasts a capable chassis, comfortable interior that's utility useful or fashion friendly, and some of the most efficient powertrains in its class. It offers the off-road capability that mid-size SUVs should offer, along with substantial towing capability. The SRT puts the Germans on notice that there are super-ute alternatives, and this one costs $20,000-$40,000 less. A Laredo E Off-Road is the most Jeep and the one we want most.
G.R. Whale filed this report to NewCarTestDrive.com after his test drives of all versions of the Grand Cherokee near Austin, Texas.
dual-stage frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side curtain airbags, driver knee airbag, tire pressure monitor, ABS with EBD, electronic stability control
Safety equipment (optional):
all-wheel drive, hill descent control, hill ascent control, rear camera, park sensors, active cruise control with collision warning, blind-spot monitors, rear cross path detection
3 years/36,000 miles
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP):
Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit 4WD ($50,995)
leather embroidered upholstery, dual-zone climate control, genuine wood trim, power heated folding mirrors/seats/liftgate/tilt-and-telescope heated steering wheel, driver memory system, heated seats front and rear, ventilated front seats, panoramic moonroof, 20-inch wheels, 115-volt outlet and rear USB ports, Selec-Terrain, security system, bi-xenon smartbeam headlamps with washers, polished aluminum 20-inch wheels, 19-speaker 825-watt Harman Kardon sound system, Dinamica headliner, 8.4-inch Uconnect Access via Mobile, navigation with voice-recognition and XM travel/traffic info, cargo cover, adaptive cruise control with collision warning, blind-spot monitors, rear camera and park sensors, cross-path detection, and towing package
Options as tested (MSRP):
EcoDiesel engine ($5,000)
Gas guzzler tax:
Price as tested (MSRP):
3.0-liter DOHC V6 turbodiesel
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):
240 @ 3600
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):
420 @ 2000
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:
Head/hip/leg room, f:
Head/hip/leg room, m:
Head/hip/leg room, r:
68.3 cu. ft.
independent, coil springs, antiroll bar
independent, multi-link, coil springs
vented disc/disc with ABS, EBD, Brake Assist
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of February 21, 2013.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges.
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